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Sixteen-year-old Harshita Arora’s app, which updates users about price fluctuations in more than 1,000 cryptocurrencies in 32 nations, has become one of the most sought-after paid apps on Apple’s App Store less than a month after she launched it on January 28.
Daughter of a Saharanpur financier and a homemaker mother, Harshita, who dropped out of school at 14 as she was “not cut out for common courses”, told TOI on Friday she had her “fundamentals” clear from the beginning. “I don’t underestimate school education in India but these common courses are not for me. My computer teacher introduced me to the wonderful world of technology. I have a different goal in life that the current education system may not provide. I am being home schooled. Computer technology must be given its due in school curriculum.”
Stardom has not come easy for Harshita
The first time she heard about cryptocurrencies was in 2016. She soon got into Bitcoin mining, the basic underlying technology and cryptography. Not that the sudden stardom has come easy.
When Harshita introduced the iOS app, she was at the receiving end of a lot of cynicism, with some doubting that a girl her age could build an iOS platform like that and others accusing her of plagiarizing the app.
All that is behind her now. “Ever since I was 13 and was introduced to designing concepts, I began reading IT magazines and the latest developments in the field. I learned about cryptocurrency and how it worked. Then I interacted with my internet friends and real investors in the currency to understand what they wanted in an app,” Harshita said. She attended MIT Launch (a high school entrepreneur programme) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, which she said helped her a lot. This was a four-week long entrepreneurship programme for people between 15 and 19 years of age,” Harshita said.